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Ahead of sales of the all-new F48 BMW X1 kicking off in the UK on October 24, BMW UK has released a massive 144-image photo gallery of its latest SAV. It’s a great chance to take a more in-depth look at the premium compact crossover before it’s set to arrive on our shores by the end of the year.

Funnily enough, this is also the first time we’re getting a look at the M Sport styling kit. It’s mostly business as usual, with a more aggressive front fascia (complete with large air intakes), body-coloured side mouldings, 18-inch M light alloy wheels (19-inch items optional) and unique Estoril Blue paint option, although the rear bumper differs a little from tradition with a large grey insert and a body-coloured diffuser.

Now in its second generation, the F48 X1 is certainly a lot better looking than its rather ungainly E84 predecessor, with the taller height (up 53 mm) and a move to the front-biased UKL architecture giving the car much more conventional SUV proportions.

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Apart from the M Sport pack, there are two other appearance packages available – Sport Line with gloss black highlights and body-coloured underbody protection, as well as xLine with matte silver accents. In the UK, full-LED headlights are available as an option, and are standard on xLine and M Sport models.

Overall, the new X1 measures 4,439 mm long, 1,821 mm wide and 1,598 mm tall, and the added height, plus the transverse engine layout, pays dividends in terms of interior space. Rear legroom has increased by 37 mm, and up to 66 mm with the optional sliding rear seat, while the 505 litre boot is 85 litres larger than in the old X1. Folding the 40:20:40 rear seat (reclining backrest optional) increases capacity up to 1,550 litres.

The seating position has also been raised in the new car – occupants sit 36 mm higher in the front and 64 mm higher in the rear compared to in the E84 – and BMW claims increased headroom, shoulder room and elbow room for all occupants.

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As standard, the X1 is fitted with anthracite/black cloth seats, dark matte Oxide Silver trim strips and high-gloss black accent strips, and buyers can select from a variety of perforated Dakota leather and dashboard trim options; the latter includes the lovely unpolished matte Oak Grain wood trim.

Accent strips are matte Coral Red on the Sport Line and matte Blue on the M Sport; the latter also receives a three-spoke M leather steering wheel as well as an anthracite headliner, and both trim levels come with front sports seats as standard.

Standard equipment in the UK includes a 6.5-inch iDrive display, navigation, a six-speaker audio system, keyless start, heated exterior mirrors, a tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel, auto lights and wipers and a powered tailgate. Plenty of options, of course, and among these are an upsized 8.8-inch display as part of the BMW Navigation Plus system, a panoramic roof, DAB radio and 12-speaker Harman Kardon HiFi system.

The options list also includes a Head-Up Display, Dynamic Damper Control and the Driving Assistant Plus system – the package comprises an Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Jam Assistant, Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function.

The UK lineup at launch consists of one petrol and three diesel variants, all powered by a 2.0 litre turbo four-pot mill. The sole £31,225 (RM207,000) xDrive20i petrol pushes out 192 hp and 280 Nm, while on the diesel side, the range starts with the £26,780 (RM177,500) front-wheel drive sDrive18d that develops 150 hp and 330 Nm. A four-wheel drive xDrive18d version pushes the price up to £29,830 (RM197,700).

Moving up the oil burner range, there’s the £30,630 (RM203,000) xDrive20d producing 190 hp and 400 Nm, as well as a range-topping £36,060 (RM239,000) xDrive25d that draws 231 hp and 450 Nm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the sDrive18d, xDrive18d and xDrive20d, with an Aisin-sourced eight-speed Steptronic automatic available as an option (and standard on all other models).

So sit down, grab your favourite drink and browse through the large photo gallery after the jump. Want to know how the new F48 BMW X1 drives? We’ve driven it, of course, and you can read what the new baby SAV is like here.

BMW X1 M Sport


BMW X1 Sport Line
BMW X1 xLine